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Samuel Adams Thirteenth Hour Stout (Barrel Room Collection)Samuel Adams Thirteenth Hour Stout (Barrel Room Collection)

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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Aged in oak barrels; hand-bottled corked & caged; bottled-conditioned.

Added by Jason on 08-11-2011

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Photo of jgido759
2.77/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

I was so looking forward to trying this, but boy was I disappointed.

The description was everything I look for in a stout but, to me, it almost tasted like a wine. No coffee or chocolate flavoring at all.

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Photo of Pegasus
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Reddish black body, with a small, but persistent, dense tan head, appears a deep, clear burgundy before a strong light. Thick, fine-beaded lacing coats the glass walls in an unbroken sheet.

Aroma: Sweet, wine-like aroma, very vinous, with hints of tawny Port, though understated. Prominent notes of dark fruit are also present, particularly plums, as well as wood.

Taste: Begins with strong notes of dark fruit, particularly plums, and ripe red grapes. There are hints of coffee and bitter cocoa, though these are quite understated. Throughout, there is an undercurrent of sweet alcohol, of the sort that I would associate with a good ruby port. Later in the taste,sugar-glazed dates present and hints of wood appear, subtle, but present, nonetheless. Finishes with a note that is more like a well-aged vintage red wine, than a beer.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, rich, and full, with slight soft carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: The most wine-like beer I have ever had, an interesting departure from mainstream craft beer. A really spectacular offering, not to be missed. Save a bottle or two to serve with a holiday dinner, the holidays are closer than it seems.

Presentation: Packaged in a custom, enameled 25.4 ounce brown glass bottle with a cork and cage, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

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Photo of Pundit_of_Potability
4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This ale is described on the bottle as Belgian Style Stout....A stout? Perhaps by calling it a stout they'll get more people to try it--but this is definitely a Belgian style Strong Dark Ale...which may just be semantics, but alas... You definitely can taste the oak at the very end of this ale, just like all the others in this series.... This one pours a dark chocolate-coffee and molasses color. A nice head dissipates quickly with light lacing. This one is a flavor explosion...Along with the oakiness, you immediately taste the figginess, along with dark cherries, chocolate, coffee and molasses, which also describes the smell. The alcohol is barely hidden, as this rich sweetness finishes with a bright tartness on the sides. The spices are there and accompanies the sizzle of the carbonation nicely. But there is something too aggressive about this ale. I can taste all the different parts, but not as a unified flavor. Everything about this ale is big. Big flavors, big carbonation, big on the oak and molasses and fig/date fruitiness. It is potable and refreshing, but perhaps would meld together better with even more time in the cellar. Worth the buy, but not a world beater.

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Photo of dbl_delta
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Undated bottle into pint glass. Pours a dark, cloudy cola color with a light tan head. Initial impression is molasses, quickly followed by roasted malts, oak, a little chocolate, and dark fruits. Pretty smooth; medium carbonation (a bit too much for my taste in a stout). Alcohol is well hidden. Finish is also smooth, with a lingering taste of dark fruits on the back of the tongue.
I'm not a fan of Belgian beers, so this one started out with one strike agaonst it. The strong fruit presence was overdone. Sorry, but this one doesn't impress me.

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Photo of bwood06
3.81/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I remember seeing this during the Samuel Adams brewery tour when my wife and I were in Boston in 2013 but I did not pick one of these up at the time I just happened to see it again while browsing the shelves at my local liquor store so I decided that I had better try it and review it while I had the chance.

This beer pours a dark tan, fizzy (with just a bit of froth) head that dissipates moderately quickly to a thin lacing. The beer itself is very dark brown, almost opaque, but just clear enough to see a high amount of carbonation. 3.75/5 The aroma is very dark and sweet with notes of dark charred wood, dark chocolate, vanilla, oak, raisins and dates. There is also a bit of candy sugar and coriander spiciness. This is really a very complex aroma and quite fun to pick everything out. 4.5/5 The flavor is complex but funky with molasses leading off before dark toasted wheat bread takes over. This quickly transitions to dates and raisins before darker roasted comes in with char, tobacco, chocolate, and bitter vanilla. Oak comes out a bit in the middle before a bit of cold brewed coffee enters on the back end with its associated bitterness. There is a Belgian yeast note that adds some spiciness throughout as well as some light coriander. Somewhat boozy at various times during the sip. 3.5/5 This beer is surprisingly medium bodied (the complexity and flavor profile suggests that it should be heavier). There is a light drying with a light lingering dryness as well as a moderate carbonation burn that fades quickly. 4/5 There are certain things I love about this beer, such as the aroma and mouthfeel. Unfortunately the flavor just doesn't do it for me. The Belgian quality of this beer seems to be overdone to me and takes away from the other flavors that are present here. Not a beer that I will revisit but I'm glad that I did take the time to try it at the very least. 3.5/5

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Photo of arizcards
3.56/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a caged and cork 750 ml bottle from TW Arrowhead in late July for $9.99. No visible bottling date.

Beer poured dark brown with a very nice off white head that has some serious hang time.

Nose is sour cherries.

Taste is sour cherries with some chocolate. Some phenols come into play mid stream. Finish is sweet and sour.

Feel is medium bodied and not overly smooth.

Overall definitely some issues with this beer. Not horrid by any stretch but i wonder if age has anything to do with what take are off flavors.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a dark black color ale with a large light brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of roasted malt with some chocolate notes and fruity ester from the yeast is pretty awesome. Taste is a nice mix of roasted malt with loads of black chocolate notes and some residual sugar with nice fruity ester notes. Body is about average with good carbonation. Pretty solid take on the Belgian style stout IMHO.

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Photo of colts9016
3.62/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pour into a tulip glass at 50 degrees. A light tan on finger head that has fair retention. The color of the beer is a dark murky brown/black color.

The nose on the beer is a rich roasted malt coffee, wood, vanilla, honey, yeast, raisins, a hint of floral, and an earthy note,

It has it typical roasted malt, coffee, wood, vanilla, honey, yeast raisins, floral, citrus, earth, and some bready notes.

The mouth feel a touch carbonated, smooth, and a little thin.

I found this beer to have some good flavors, I could not pick up the peppers notes. I got a wood note, but I really could not tell you if it was oak, An average brew, and pretty tasty.

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Photo of Zythophile
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle Date: none
Palate Contaminants: other beer

Appearance is a very dark brown that hardly lets any light through. The head is lighter in color than I'd have expected, but the foam is fine.

Smell is somewhere between butterscotch and rye grain. There's also a mild lactic component. It's something that would be complemented well with a ham and brie sandwich, but I have yet to get to the taste...

In the taste, the lactic part ramps way up, and the sweetness from the butterscotch disappears, although the rye sweetness sticks around. Bitterness like you'd get with a really pungent sour cream is there. Man, this thing would actually go really well with the right food choice, but it just doesn't stand as tall as it could if you're considering it on its standalone merits. As it warms up, there's also some dried stone fruit, mostly fig, plus some raisin. The aftertaste is a little bit of bitter rye, with some woodiness. It like a more heavily flavored Innis and Gunn, and the food pairing suggestion stands.

Feel is smooth, but with some prickly carbonation. Weird, I know.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.26/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

25.4 oz. Bottle to goblet.

LOOK: Cola black/Brown. Small off white head. Smallish bubbles, sticking to side.
AROMA: weak, some Brown sugar, bread and wangy yeast, but all are subdued.
TASTE: dark fruit, pomegranate, wine.
FEEL: above avg carbonation. Thinnish body.

Not bad. I don't get the flavors advertised on the bottle.....spice,coffee, chocolate, oak......maybe there is a touch of pepper (spice), but that is it.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.27/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml

Poured into a chalice a very nice dark brown color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice thick/creamy one-finger plus light tan head, which leaves a HUGE thick/creamy island, and some sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, yeasty, slight chocolate, dark fruits, slight oak. The taste is pretty nice malty, yeasty, some chocolate, nice touch of dark fruits, slightly oaky. Medium body, ABV hidden pretty well, a pretty complex brew. Overall, SA did a pretty good job with this style.

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Photo of Oldejoe
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Looks. Very dark brown with rich long-lasting creamy head. Some nitro action?
Smell. Strong bouquet. Full of dark fruits and dark winter spices.
Taste. strong fruity, spicey flavors: raisins, allspice, cinnamon, cranberry, orange, bitters. Relatively sweet with a mildly dry finish. Not much for hoppy.
Feel. Nice feel, sparkley, chewy, medium heavy.
Overall. Really good holiday treat. The strong statements make it something you share after dinner rather than something you serve up for dinner or set out for the Friday night party..

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Photo of JJKBeerLvr
3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 26oz bottle into pint glass in March 2016. There was no "bottled by" date on the bottle. Found this beer when visiting in New Hampshire.

Appearance: Dark with a little red, and not totally opaque. It has a very thick brown head that lasted for minutes, with a good amount of lacing.

Smell: Pleasant, and can smell some sweetness like caramel, some roasted malts, and a little earthiness.

Taste: Interesting taste and combination of flavors. There is typical Belgian sweetness with some roasted malt. Not much hop bitterness, but I do get some chocolate, a little fruit, and vanilla. There is also some Belgian sourness in the flavor. It is an interesting balance that is not too bitter, nor too sweet.

Mouthfeel: This beer is very smooth with a nice aftertaste that is not too bitter. There is a strong alcohol impression which matches the 9% ABV on the label.

Summary: This is a good ale, but much more of a Belgian ale than a stout. You will enjoy it if you like a smooth stout, that drinks like a Belgian ale. It is complex with a variety of flavors.

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Photo of gcamparone
4.27/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a snifter glass. Thanks Sara and Andrew for getting this for my birthday!

Pours a deep brown, cherry-chocolate colored body with a pretty gushing, active light brown head that reduces fairly slowly to leave a ring of retention and some spotty lacing.

Aromas are very interesting and open up a lot once it warms up. Dark fruits, plum, sharp tart cherry, booze, chocolate, toffee, sherry, red wine, funk, literally a different aroma every time I smell it!

Taste is equally as complex.. stout-like characteristics of dark fruits and chocolate but a pretty tart cherry juice, vanilla, caramel, red wine, toffee, funk, banana, estery yeast, finished by roasty malt and coffee. Damn, that's complex. Medium body medium low carbonation.

I enjoyed this beer just due to it's sheer complexity. So many flavors and aromas here. Great beer to sip and analyze.

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Photo of JoLight
4.94/5  rDev +31%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance:dark, dark brown, and a khaki head that's super-changed and stays around for a good five minutes-at LEAST-before dissipating into a half-finger's width ring of foam. Leaves nice lacing.

Aroma: mild at first, but gains in strength as the beer warms. Initially: it smells of chocolate-covered fruit, dark malt background, but has a straight-forward fruity character to it. As it warms, it gains more of a licorice aroma. I pick up oak, reminiscent of Samuel Adams Mighty Oak.

Flavor: dark malt character initially, with an ever-present Cheerwine flavor, with some slight tangy character. A little bit of coffee on the aftertaste. As it warms, I taste more licorice. I pick up am little oak, reminiscent of Samuel Adams Mighty Oak.

Mouthfeel: heavy side of medium; carbonation; chewy.

Finish: semi-dry.

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Photo of Bonkinishwa
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Samuel Adams - Thirteenth Hour Stout (Barrel Room Collection). 9% ABV. 750ml bottle split between two snifters.

Look: Pours a rich dark brown, and settles pitch black in the glass. Thick off white colored head, which slowly lapses into a thick cap.

Smell: Here is where it gets weird. This beer has a sour tinge to it's aroma, similar to a Wild Ale. Some dark cherries, spices, and charred oak, but almost overwhelmed by the sourness.

Feel: Semi light body, and heavily carbonated, which leaves it kind of rough.

Taste: Just like the smell. A lot of tartness, accompanied by some alcohol, dark chocolate, dark cherries, spices, and charred oak. Very complex and almost overwhelming.

Overall: This is very similar to a Wild Ale style of beer, with its tartness and yeast factors. Very complex with a lot of things making this up.

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Photo of do_ob
3.77/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle split between two New Belgium snifters. Medium brown pour, and settles a very dark brown in the glass. Some ruby highlights when held to a light source. About 2 fingers of vanilla-colored foam on top, bubbly and crunchy in composition. Very interesting aroma on this beer. Very complex, yet subtle. Notes of roasted malt, tart cherries/raspberries, charred oak, leather, coffee grounds, apricot..There is a strange vinegary, yeastiness to the aroma that reminds me very much of a Wild Ale. The taste of this beer follows suit quiet well. Charred oak, bitter chocolate, coffee, robust sour fruit (grapes, raspberries), oats, roasted bready malt, and vanilla-infused smoked leather. Very different, but surprisingly well balanced given the monsterous complexity this thing posesses. In terms of the mouthfeel, very creamy, very smooth. No booziness. A little over carbonated.

Overall, a weird one but good. If I wasn't told beforehand, I would definitely think this was a Sour. Reminds me a little of Jester King's Black Metal if I had to compare. I can see similarities between this and Rochefort 8, though, as it warms up. I'd say give this one a try if you have a broad palate. It's part Belgian, part sour.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.79/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From the bottle, it pours a dark brown with a small head, quickly dissipating to a ring around the top. Lots of coffee in the nose. A little chocolate in the mouth, along with the alcohol and malt. Enjoyable!

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Photo of Evilyak
3.74/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

very dark. lots of foam to start, but settles nicely.

i definitely get the chocolate throughout here, and the barrel aging is apparent. there's some dark fruit, or berries, in the nose and taste that work ok, along with a dried fruit character. heavy sugars here, i think.

mouth is a bit tart and doesn't rinse clean. i'm left feeling like i ate a dark chocolate bar and want something to wash it away.

alcohol is hidden nicely, at least for me. flavors are strong, and work, but not something to be consumed on its own and by yourself.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.89/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Undated bottle at 42 degrees into a 0.25 L hand washed and dried tulip, allowed to warm to 50 degrees
$ 9.99/25.4 oz bottle ($ 0.39/oz) at Consumer’s Beverage, Lancaster, NY
Aroma of dark fruit, weak, fades away before end of glass
Head large (Eight cm, aggressive pour), light brown, frothy, diminishing to irregular four mm frothy ring and partial layer
Lacing poor – few small islands of tiny bubbles
Body dark brown, opaque
Flavor – an odd combination of weak chocolate and dates with a hint of vanillin; no malt, no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, watery/creamy, lively carbonation

Appearance 4.25, Aroma 4, Flavor 3.75, Palate 3.75, Overall 4

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Photo of StoutElk_92
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark with a tan brown head. Smells of dark chocolate, dark fruits, and earthy oak. Taste is like dark chocolate, slight dark coffee and dark fruits, with a touch of earthiness from either the yeast or the barrel. Very complex and balanced flavors. Slightly sweet and almost chewy. Medium body, with low carbonation. Overall, a strong and well-crafted dark belgian beer.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
2.92/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

On tap at Blu Wolf Bistro in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a fairly dark, but not entirely black, with a small head, and no lacing.

Smells like tart cherry, strong Belgian yeast, alcohol, and some roasted malt.

I feel this is just way too yeasty for a stout, for me- didn't work. There's some tart cherry and chocolate, which is good, but it's got an unpleasant sour and yeasty finish that I just don't dig very much.

This is medium bodied, a little bit creamy, with a slightly too high level of carbonation.

This one is apparently just not for me.

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Photo of ClavisAurea
4.16/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

no bottling date visible. Cool bottle though.

Poured a thin dark brown with a nice dark head. Cherries, Belgian yeast, raspberries, chocolate, some coffee, vanilla and maybe oak in the nose. Taste is nothing short of cherry Coke; very weird. The carbonation is high but nice. I'm not so sure about the Belgian Stout name. It is very good though. A surprise from Sam Adams to be sure.

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Photo of suzychesser
1.73/5  rDev -54.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Hated this beer. I love a stout and this was horrible. My husband couldn't even drink it and he can usually drink it if I don't like it. I poured $10 down the drain. So disappointing.

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Photo of OhioLimoncello
4.11/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

OK, it's a stout in color, but that's about the only characteristic it carries with that classification. Has a tartness similar to a red rye ale, with a wine balsamic vinegar nose. Tart cherries, red currant, kiwi, and the oak are very prevalent in the taste and finish. This is the 3rd Samuel Adams variety that I've tried in the 750ml bombers, and I would definitely re-buy, do to it's uniqueness.

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